On Tuesday, May 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation into effect. The new legislation makes it illegal for convicted domestic abusers to possess any firearms. According to a press release from the governor's office, the new law closes a loophole that only previously required abusers to surrender handguns. Convicted abusers must now surrender all guns.

The new law expands the types of misdemeanors that make it illegal for a person to purchase or possess firearms. By expanding this list, the release states that no abuser in New York will be able to possess a firearm once convicted.

Cuomo said that he hopes to sever the correlation between domestic abuse and gun violence.

In addition, any person who has a warrant out for a felony, or any serious offense that would prevent them from owning a firearm, will not be able to obtain or renew a gun license. The release states that it is to ensure that no one is recklessly endangered because a wanted individual was able to purchase new guns.

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